Even if the only things you associate with Chicago are Michael Jordan and cold winters, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Au Cheval. They serve one of the best burgers in the country, and crowds of people are already packed into the new NYC location so they can try it. In keeping with the generally excessive nature of this place, the “single” actually has two patties - and yes, it’s an extremely good cheeseburger. Everything else on the menu (like the fried bologna sandwich and scrambled eggs with foie gras) is some combination of fatty, buttery, and salty, so it’s best to come here when your after-dinner plans consist of little more than drawing the shades in your apartment. But the big, dark space makes this place feel like a night out itself. Come early to put your name down, and you can hang out in the downstairs bar while you wait. Just know it might be a couple of hours.
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Around since 1980, The Odeon is a New York City classic. It may not be the same downtown destination that it was thirty years ago, but they still serve very respectable bistro food and stiff drinks, and brunch is always reliable.
A Tribeca restaurant from Andrew Carmellini that belongs on your Hit List, if not your bucket list.
City Vineyard is a restaurant and wine bar on the Hudson River in Tribeca, and it’s a great spot to drink wine outside with a group.
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Minnie’s is a casual little spot on the LES where you can stop by for a burger or a farro salad without a reservation on a Friday night.
Pies 'n' Thighs
The new Pies ‘n’ Thighs has opened its doors, and Williamsburg’s most influential hipsters are rejoicing. This new, larger location is still turning out amazing fried chicken and comfort food classics.
Five Leaves has been a Brooklyn hipster staple since 2008. We don't love it as much as other people seem to, but brunch is good, they do a solid burger, and the scene is always entertaining.
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4 Charles Prime Rib
4 Charles Prime Rib is an underground West Village steakhouse that should be approached with reckless intent. This is not a place to eat a salad.
The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.
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